THE EAGLES INSIDER Q&A
Dave Spadaro sits down with punter Cameron Johnston to discuss his second year in the NFL for an episode of the Eagles Insider podcast,
presented by Lincoln Financial Group. Johnston also dives into his journey from Australia and how he ended up in America playing
professional football. Check out the interview here!
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DAVE SPADARO: Does the weather affect the ball from a punting
CAMERON JOHNSTON: “To a certain extent, yes. You want to
take advantage of it early in the year because the ball is going to
travel a lot farther.”
DS: How big is football in Australia?
CJ: “American football has grown there, but Australia football
is still the number one sport there. The Australian semifinals just
happened and there were probably 100,000 people there.”
DS: When did you become aware of the NFL and the possibilities
that came along with playing in America?
CJ: “At a young age. You always know of the NFL, but not the
knowledge I know now. It was always a bit of a joke to have the
opportunity to go over and try American football. It sort of became
a reality when I was 21.”
DS: What was your position when you played Australian football
with the Melbourne Demons?
CJ: “I played center, midfield. It was a lot more running.”
DS: Why did you decide to give American football a try?
CJ: “I was doing professional Australian football and it didn’t
work out in the end. I wanted to stay within a professional sport,
and I saw Nathan Chapman of Prokick Australia, and he created
the program. Ten or fifteen had already been through and gone to
college, so I went and met with him. He said within a year they could
get me to a big-time college and I started the next day.”
DS: How many young men in Australia have the dream of playing
in the NFL?
CJ: “It’s growing rapidly right now. Nathan started out a couple
of years ago with five or so players, getting them into schools.
Now, there are 40 people each year trying to make it. It’s pretty
impressive what they have done.”
DS: How did your parents feel about the whole process?
CJ: “They thought it was great. They love coming over as well.
They try to come over every year and watch a few games.”
DS: Were you good at punting in college right away?
CJ: “I slowly grew into it. I hadn’t played a game behind a rush
or in front of that type of crowd. So, I just grew into it over time.”
DS: How was your experience learning from Donnie Jones during
your first NFL Training Camp?
CJ: “It was a great learning experience. It was great to learn from
him and take a year to fine-tune and work on a few things and then
come back stronger and better.”
DS: How does it feel to hold the Eagles’ franchise records after
your first year in the NFL?
CJ: “It feels good. It’s really a credit to the gunners and the guys
running down the field. You may miss a few, but they get down
there and make a play. They really do battle it out.”
DS: What is the key to success for a punter?
CJ: “I think it’s just repetition. Repetition and consistency are the
biggest things with punting.”
DS: Do you punt every day?
CJ: “No, twice a week.”
DS: Who is the best athlete in the Eagles’ locker room?
CJ: “I’ll go with Jake (Elliott). You can pick out any small sport and
he will dominate it.”
DS: Why are dogs so important in your life?
CJ: “They are great. My fiancée (Tia) is obsessed with dogs, as
well. She wants as many as she can get.”